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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

845 Ratings
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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 834
Gots: 225 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a creamy maduro-colored head. Its aroma offers seductive whiskey, chewy red wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. Berserker Imperial Stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Weighing in at almost 13% alcohol by volume, Berserker is completely out-of-control. Give it a good fight. Berserker Imperial Stout was aged in both red wine and whiskey barrels.

Original release of Berserker was at 10.4%, subsequent vintages have gone upwards of 12.7%. When reviewing, please list beer vintage and that vintage's specific ABV.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005)
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Black body with a half inch of thick beige head. Wonderful aroma with bourbon, maple syrup, dark fruits, oak, wine tannins, vanilla. Delicious and every bit as complex as the aroma promised. A joy to sip and savor. What a fabulous beer. World class.

Huhzubendah, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to gford217 for providing me with this beer. The time is now to drink this supposed beauty. 2009 Vintage, on to the beer:

Pours thick into my snifter. Black is the color of the now, dark tanned head which dissapears quickly....only a ring of lace remains. The aroma isn't as intense as expected. Very mellow. I can smell the maple syrup in this beer, and I should because I was trained in Quebec* to use real maple syrup on whatever I ate (*sort of). A little dark chocolate underneath those maple tones, also a little alcohol.

Mellow flavor for such a big beer style, yet still tasty. Actually, I like the taste a lot. I can taste a little oak and fruit, along with the sweet maple syrup. Unsweetened chocolate...mmmm. Touch of vanilla. Toasted marshmallow. Tobacco. Very little alcohol is tasted on the palate. 12.7% ABV? Hogwash! Medium-hevay in feel with little carbonation, just a touch light in feel for the style. There is some satisfying tobacco in the aftertaste.

Delicious! Complex, yet from a more mellow Imperial Stout. Don't hesitate to go for this if the opportunity is there.

DoubleJ, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BillRoth, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle at Belmont Station last time out west.

The beer pours a viscuous, blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a rich coffee color, which is typically the sign of an intensely flavored RIS. Likewise, the beer smells pretty good, with an aroma profile consisting of coffee, chocolate, molasses and prunes. Good as this beer smells, the flavor profile is flatout amazing. I get chocolate, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits and some light licorise. Nothing is overdone in this moderately sweet RIS, and the restrained carbonation is perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is rich and plush in this lovely beer, and there's a mouthfilling consistency that is just wonderful. The beer has a long, drawn out finish, and drinkability is amazing. You can tell this is a big beer of course, but it's not at all boozy, and I was startled when I saw the 12.7% abv. on the label. Talk about a beer that carries its alcohol very well.

This is an exceptionally well made and delicious RIS. Yummy stuff!

Just recently had the 2012 vintage on tap during Bier Stein's anniversary celebration. I have upped my score accordingly, as the 2012 was a much better beer aromatically (incredible nose of milk duds, whiskey, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits), with a superior mouthfeel and a flvor profile at least as good as what I experienced back in 2009. IMHO, this beer is among the RIS elite (Kate, KBS, CBS, Aybss, Dark Lord, etc.), and is among the best made impy stouts on the planet. Just an incredibly fine beer...

John_M, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of rab53
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

rab53, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into my Stone RIS glass. pours a thick pitch black with a modest dark mocha colored head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and laced nicely on the sides.

Aroma is bold with coffee, chocolate and molasses all coming through. It has some sweetness coming through as well in the form of maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol present as well. The combination of the molasses, maple syrup and oak aging really come together well making for a very nice smelling and complex aroma.

Taste hits you at first with a coffee, chocolaty, roasty and burnt malt flavor. The burntness of the malts and the coffee definitely come through more then most of the Imperial stouts I have had. It also has hints of dark fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Like the nose it's both complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with low carbonation. I can't really say anything negative about the mouthfeel, I love the thick heavy imperial stouts. Drinkability is very good. It's pretty easy drinking for nearly 13% and the fact that it's delicious doesn't hurt either.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, it definitely set itself apart from most imperial stouts I have had so far. I wish this was easier to get, but I'm glad I got to try it.

billab914, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sendbeer, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage.Pours black with a two finger, brown, thick head. Retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Some oak is noticeable and the alcohol is apparent.

Flavor is very rich bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Also, boozy molasses and oak with mild whisky notes. The long finish is bitter chocolate, coffee, and lingering alcohol.

Berserker is full bodied with great carbonation. Mouth feel is creamy.

2005 Vintage consumed on 7/25/2009. Thanks a lot Stephen!

I'm boosting the nose and drinkability on this one by .5. The whisky is very pronounced and some time has done wonders for this beer. The vanilla and oak are also more apparent in the nose. This beer is fantastic and I'd drink the hell out of it.

HopHead84, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ShanePB, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Zaphog, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +15.2%

PEIhop, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

liamt07, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottle that Buckeyeboy busted out recently... I also shared one with SAS too about the same time period... thanks homies.

Dark brown 2 finger head... viscous looking black brew... fantastic retention and lacing.

Nose is a long "sniffer"... takes a while to wrap my mind around the massive complex aromas.... nothing is overdone and everything including the barrels is well integrated. Deep dark malts with no char.. just dark chocolate and slight whaffs of vanilla and bourbon.. caramel/burnt sugar..

Flavor has a touch more actual "oak" than the nose and some dark cherry cordial plays well with the big stout notes.. bits of French Roast and something that I can only describe as brewers licorice .. plush body and a lite carbonation.

Very yummy... top shelf. Awesome that we've been getting these into Boise. Thanks to Jeremy, Steven, and Rick for helping me out.

4.5/5/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours jet black, like oil, with a slow formation of a dark tan surface coating of head that quickly recedes into a sparse coating in the shape of a Rorschach inkblot. This one looks like a hummingbird. Anyway, there is some carbonation action throughout the body, and the tan coloring makes it very visible. Aromas of molasses, maple, char, smoke, and chocolate. This smells like an early winter camping trip. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with chocolate and maple bursting forth like candy on the tongue. Cloyingly sweet, but a heavy coffee backbone provides the bitterness needed to balance everything out. Smoke and roast highlights round the edges throughout, and hints of cream and wood character provide some levity. The body is light, but still creamy and smooth, almost whipped. The aftertaste is more to the bitter side, with coffee, chocolate, and roast blending with some of the booze and wood characteristics. Slick, coating finish that leaves a subtle bitterness blend of coffee and chocolate. This is a great beer!

GarthDanielson, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
5/5  rDev +15.2%

rolltide8425, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Almost inky. Good sized mocha head. Collar of dark khaki foam as it settles.

Smell - Bourbon is nice but faint. Slight vinous characteristic. Oak and some dark fruits combining, probably, but it's a little more acidic than that. Lots of chocolate.

Taste - Nice chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate. Molasses. Bourbon is even fainter here. Bitter finish, seemingly from roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Extremely bitter, not what I expected. Masks a lot of flavor. Well carbonated.

Overall - The barrel seems weak to me, but the other flavors are good.

Alieniloquium, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cynic-ale, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No vintage on bottle, but purchased recently, so probably '13. 12.7 ABV. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color, with just the very thinnest cap of light brown head that dissipated instantly, thus leaving no lacing. No carbonation in the glass, or on subsequent pours.

The scent had a fair bit going on. Light base grains, the most faint hint of wood and bourbon, and several different sweet tones. There was also, as one might expect, a noticeable alcohol aspect. The barrel was a slight bit more noticeable on the tongue, the maple showed through on its own (unlike in the nose), and what I assume was molasses made for a fairly sweet taste. There was definitely an alcohol burn at the back, and some bourbon lingered for a minute.

The body was way too thin for what I look for in a big stout, pretty much porterish. Drinkability was good for such a big brew, but taking down a 22 by self was quite enough for one day, thank you. Overall, a pretty good take on the style, not really the thrill for me that it seems to be for a lot of people, but worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

tobelerone, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle opened on 9.10.12.
Thanks Wingshooter.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark brown head with fine bubbles, good retention.

S - Sweet molasses, wood, bourbon.

T - Sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate and oak.

D - Super thick, heavy body. Decent carbonation.

O - Sweet and boozy, thick and visious and lots of oak.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

chippo33, May 27, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head; light lacing. Aroma of dark malts and molasses. Dark and roasted malts, molasses, chocolate. A rather stark flavor profile. Finishes with hops and bitter roasted malts. Medium bodied. Not as integrated as other RIS. I'll cellar a few to see if it improves.

LiquidAmber, Jul 05, 2012
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.